Vietnamese COVID-19 Chief Becomes New President

Vietnam has now sworn in its new president, former Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was also praised for his successful leadership response on the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday. 

Former prime minister Phuc is now State President after winning 97.5 percent of the 466-member national assembly in a secret voting on Monday, official Vietnam News Agency reported.  

The National Assembly, in a first, chose Phuc to be the only president who was a former prime minister. 

The new President said he was “lucky and honored,” to be elected in the position. 

The Southeast Asian nation’s new Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, who won 96.25 percent of the total national assembly votes, also took oath on Monday. 

In January, Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected for a third term as the Communist Party’s General Secretary, the highest post in office. 

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